• ChILD (Children Innovative Learning and Design) Programme
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  • ChILD (Children Innovative Learning and Design) Programme



    The ChILD (Children Innovative Learning and Design) Programme as mentioned in the Budget 2021/2022 is a new ICT Educational initiative which pertains to the Introduction of Robotics to school learners at primary level.

    The National Computer Board (NCB) operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Information Technology, Communication and Innovation is mandated to implement the ‘ChILD Programme’ in Primary Schools in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Tertiary Education, Science and Technology.

    The ChILD Programme aims at introducing Robotics Kits (LEGO Education WeDo 2.0) to upper primary students while equipping them with the required coding capabilities. Such an innovative and enlightening programme will allow the children to design and build their own robots using the DIY (Do It Yourself) concept. The objective of initiating our Kids and Youngsters to basic Robotics with Scratch Coding 3.0 is to foster a predilection for science and engineering so as to inspire them to embrace STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects.

    The ChILD Programme will introduce programmable devices such as BBC Micro:Bits and Robotics Kits LEGO WeDo 2.0 to our youngsters in primary schools for the first time ever. This unique opportunity for children to design and assemble a basic robot and subsequently programming the latter will teach them, through play, the foundation of Coding to complement other essential skills which are reading, writing and counting.

    The NCB in collaboration with the Ministry of Education has initiated the rolling out of the ChILD Programme with the provision of introductory courses on Robotics to Grades 4/5/6 students in primary schools (4 zones) as from the second semester of the present academic year and the goal is to train some 2,400 primary students in Year 1. The programme is of 15-hour duration and consists of the following modules: Scratch 3.0, LEGO WeDo 2.0 Core Set and BBC Micro:Bits.

    It is to be emphasized that LEGO WeDo 2.0 promotes computational thinking through coding activities and these skills are developed throughout each phase of every given project. In addition, every project in LEGO WeDo 2.0 combines the use of the LEGO bricks with an iconic programming language, enabling the pupils to find solutions to problems as they are being introduced to elementary programming principles.

    The Coding/Robotics sessions will be delivered by the ICT Educators in the Computer Labs of Primary Schools and the Robotics Kits will be supplied by NCB for the training. On the other hand, IT equipment (Laptops/PCs/Tablets) and WiFi Broadband access will be provided by the Ministry of Education.